Throwback Thursday

The three prominent music trade magazines that published record popularity charts back in the day (Billboard, Cashbox, and Record World) based their national singles charts on a combination of record sales and radio airplay, with each magazine having their own statistical equations to rank the records.

A fourth publication, Radio & Records, published singles charts based exclusively on radio airplay; sales figures weren’t factored into their charts.

In the case of this single, the two sets of charts showcased the occasional disparity between a single’s sales and the airplay it received on the radio. The single peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Record World Singles Chart and at #6 on the Cashbox Top 100, but the radio airplay it received was so strong that on the R & R singles chart, it was a #1 single.

Either way, it’s a gorgeous song. Released this week, 41 years ago…

“Sara” by Fleetwood Mac (1979)

Most Difficult Time in U.S. History

A drive-through coronavirus testing site in Bozeman, Mont., on Tuesday.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”
– Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC Director

And as Elizabeth Yuko reports, full distribution of the various vaccines will not take place until, if things go well, mid to late spring, 2021. Until then, we all need take this thing way more seriously than we have been.

I won’t go into another tirade, suffice it to say that everyone should practice social distancing and wear masks as if their lives depended on it, because they do! In fact, stay home this holiday. Family gatherings are a major breeding ground for this. If you do get together, then make mandatory two week quarantines mandatory for everyone.

Yesterday, COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths broke daily records. Don’t play around with this.

A Petty, Angry P.O.S.

Trump’s vile Facebook rant, posted yesterday, really isn’t worth anyone’s time. Don’t give his dangerous conspiracy theories any oxygen. The man is certifiable and needs meds in a serious way (and no, not those thrice daily doses of Adderall he snorts).

But Stephen Colbert’s take on the “speech” is most definitely worth a few minutes of your time…

Trump’s Rhetoric Will Get Someone Killed

In the video below, Gabriel Sterling, a Republican voting system official in Georgia, harshly criticized Donald Trump and his enablers for failing to condemn threats of violence against people overseeing the election in his state. He can barely contain his anger; as Americans, the rest of us should be just as angry.

If anyone gets hurt as a result of Trump’s rhetoric, if anyone gets killed, then Trump and his minions need to be held legally accountable. As it is, Trump should face Negligent Homicide charges for his role in the 260,000+ covid deaths.